American Sociological Association

Global Issues

Sociology provides theoretical and analytic tools that contribute to understanding social, economic, and political processes in a global context. Its critical lens helps bring into focus social forces worldwide that began centuries ago but continue to shape current and future political, economic, and cultural processes.

Sociological research investigates processes such as the globalization of production and consumption, the emergence and functioning of international political alliances and global governance, and the formation and spread of transnational cultural identities and practices. Sociology also examines contradictions that arise from these processes and how groups respond with new cultural practices, identity transformations, migration, and social movements.

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